Gemma Dipoppa

Gemma Dipoppa

Ph.D. Student in Comparative Politics


I am a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Political Science at Stanford University. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Pennsylvania in August 2020.

My research interests include comparative politics, political economy and quantitative methods. In my research, I study the strategies used by criminal organizations to influence politicians, their capacity to drain public resources and the effectiveness of policies to fight against them. My dissertation examines the conditions explaining the expansion of criminal organizations to strong states, focusing on mafias’ ability to control and exploit migrants’ labor to strike alliances with local economic actors.

Before graduate school, I earned a MA in Economics at University of Bologna, worked as journalist in a tv network and as full time staff in an electoral campaign.